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The following checklists are guides to help you prepare for surgery and recovery. Careful preparation improves the chance of a complication-free recovery.

To complete before surgery:

  • I have verified with my insurance company that I have coverage for my surgery.
  • I have attended the total joint replacement education class.
  • I have received my pre-admission testing schedule. If I have not received my schedule within one week before my surgery, I will contact the Ambulatory Care Unit – (801) 268-7119.
  • I have completed all lab work requested from my surgeon’s office.
  • I will call my surgeons office if I have questions or concerns about my surgery.
  • I have talked to the Nurse Navigator or surgeon about discharge options.
  • I have completed a Living Will or Health Care Power-of-Attorney to have on file in my chart.
  • I have not shaved my legs 3 days before my surgery.
  • I have arranged for someone to drive me home when I’m discharged from the hospital.
  • I have arranged for someone to drive me to my follow-up appointments.

To improve my health before surgery:

  • I quit smoking to improve healing and reduce the risk of infection after surgery.
  • I had a dental check-up to make sure all my dental needs are taken care of before surgery.
  • I received a flu vaccination (if during flu season—October through March).
  • I am eating lightly the week before my surgery to help reduce the risk of constipation.
  • I have increased fluids and fiber in my diet as well.
  • I had my diabetes checked, and it is under control (if applicable).

What to Bring to the Hospital:

  • Current list of medications and supplements, noting which ones have been stopped. (Do not bring these to the hospital)
  • Loose pajamas or short nightgown and short robe, if desired.
  • Under garments
  • Loose shorts, jogging suit, sweats, tops
  • Slippers with backs and rubberized sole or walking sneakers/shores with Velcro* closures or elastic shoe laces.
  • Socks
  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, denture cleanser/cup, deodorant, electric or other razor, shaving cream, comb, NO powders).
  • Eyeglasses
  • Hearing aid and batteries
  • CPAP machine settings, tubing, and machine
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Driver’s license or photo ID, insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid card.
  • Copy of your Advanced Directives
  • Important telephone numbers (include person bringing you home)
  • Any hand-carry equipment you may have such as a reacher, sock aid, long-handled shoe horn
  • Guide booklet, so you can review items with your health care team
  • Bring a walker, if you have one, if not one will be provided to you.
  • Do not bring valuables- no jewelry, credit cards, checkbooks, or cash.
  • Do not bring your own medications.

Pre-Admission Testing

A pre-operative work-up is done for all joint replacement patients. At this visit, you will be asked about your medical history, previous surgeries, illnesses and current state of health. You also may undergo a series of tests, such as lab work, nasal swab, X-ray, EKG and / or stress test.

Call (855) 796-0593 today to learn more about Orthopedic Services and to schedule your appointment.